Just In: “Following Ezra” Author Joins Lineup for ADVANCE Funders Conference

By Jay Ruderman

We’re proud to announce that author Tom Fields-Meyer has  been added to the lineup for ADVANCE, our Jewish disabilities funders conference set for December 6 in New York City.  Tom’s book, Following Ezra: What One Father Learned About Gumby, Otters,  Autism and Love, has been described as “inspirational,” “wonderful” and “uplifting.”

Fields-Meyer joins a star-studded group of presenters, including Academy Award–winning actress Marlee Matlin, Harvard Law School Project on Disability’s Michael A. Stein and such thought-leaders as Timothy ShriverShelley Christensen and Steve Eidelman for the all-day event.

As more than 100 funders from around the Jewish community come together, we will celebrate and grow the vision of an inclusive Jewish community — open, welcoming and supportive of individuals with disabilities and special needs. Along with our keynote speakers, the day will also feature roundtables, hands-on workshops and networking sessions.

ADVANCE is a project of the Ruderman Family Foundation and the Jewish Funders Network (JFN), and is co-sponsored by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (“The Joint” or JDC), Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) of Greater Boston, and the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA).

If you are a funder who gives $25,000 a year or more, or $10,000 or more towards disability-related programs, we hope you will join us for what promises to be an exciting, inspirational and productive day.  We know that, working together, we can make our shared vision a reality, and we look forward to seeing you on December 6.

Space is limited so be sure to register as soon as possible. For more information, visit the conference website, http://www.advanceconference.org, or email conference@jfunders.org.

— Jay Ruderman

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